Thomas Stephenson was the first child of Thomas Stephenson & Dorothy Pallister christened February 23rd, 1822 at Stokesley, Yorks.
In 1841 Thomas was living at West End, Stokesley & working as a shoe maker.
Thomas married Elizabeth Gibson on May 17th, 1842 at Stokesley. Elizabeth was the daughter of Charles & Elizabeth Gibson christened August 11th, 1819 at Carlton-in-Cleveland, Yorks.
By 1851 Thomas & Elizabeth were living at Front St, Stokesley & where he was a shoemaker. They had 3 children by this time – William (6), Thomas (4) & Elizabeth (1).
The family was still living at Stokesley in 1861, but at North Side. William (a railway clerk), Thomas (an apprentice saddler) & Elizabeth were still at home & they had 3 more children – Henry (9), George (4) & Frederick (1).
In 1871 Thomas & Elizabeth were living at High St South, Stokesley & Thomas was still a shoemaker. At home were daughter Elizabeth, a dress maker, Henry, a stone mason & George. Sadly Henry died the next year.
In 1881 Thomas & Elizabeth continued to live at High St, Stokesley & Thomas was still a shoemaker at the age of 60. Living with them at the time of the census was a grandson Joseph T Stephenson (8) born at Seaton Carew. This was the third child of son Thomas [s.4.1.2] who had married Ann Wainwright in 1867.
In 1891 they were still living at High St, Stokesley. With them at the time of the census was a grandson Thomas Stephenson (16), a gardener, born at Port Clarence, Durham. This was another child of son Thomas & his wife Ann.
Thomas was still a shoemaker at the age of 80 & at the time of the 1901 census he & Elizabeth (81) were living at West End, Stokesley. With them was Daisy E Walton, a 14 year old grand daughter. This was the child of daughter Elizabeth who had married James Walton in 1881.
Elizabeth died in Jan-March 1904, aged 84 at Stokesley & Thomas died later that year on December 19th, aged 83, at Stokesley. Probate of Thomas’ estate was granted at York on January 20th, 1905 to son William George Stephenson, a railway superintendent & Thomas George Eeles, solicitor’s clerk. His effects were £553.13s.8d.
The children of Thomas Stephenson & Elizabeth Gibson were:
s.4.1.1 William George
Stephenson christened June 17th, 1844 at Stokesley
s.4.1.2 Thomas Stephenson christened June 20th, 1848 at Stokesley, died July-September 1897 at Middlesbrough
s.4.1.3 Elizabeth Stephenson christened October 21st, 1849 at Stokesley, died Jan-March 1896 at Middlesbrough
s.4.1.4 Henry Stephenson christened August 31st, 1851 at Stokesley, died Oct-December 1872 at Stokesley
s.4.1.5 George Stephenson christened May 15th, 1856 at Stokesley
s.4.1.6 Frederick Stephenson christened April 18th, 1860 at Stokesley; died Oct-December 1861 at Stokesley